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205 pages, Hardcover
First published January 1, 1975
I will not pretend I wasn't petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn't be exciting if they didn't.I loved the father-son relationship. The first third of the book simply describes all the things Danny does with his dad - from homemade kites to taking apart an engine.
I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself.
«When I was four months old, my mother died suddenly and my father was left to look after me all by himself. This is how I looked at the time. I had no brothers or sisters. So all through my boyhood, fromthe age of four months onward, there were just the two of us, my father and me»Danny, nine years old, and his father live together in an old carriage, carefree. The story takes a turn for the unexpected when Danny finds out that his father, in addition to being an expert mechanic, is also a poacher.
Among all the Roald Dahl's novels, probably this is the one I liked less. Not my daughter, however. She always likes each Dahl's novel.
Di tutte le opere di Roald Dahl che ho letto a mia figlia, forse questa è quella che mi è piaciuta di meno. Non a mia figlia però. A lei ogni libro di Dahl piace sempre.
to Children Who Have Read This Book
When you grow up
and have children of your own
do please remember something important
a stodgy parent is no fun at all
What a child wants
is a parent who is